MILTON, Ga. — There were standing ovations, impromptu speeches and cake at Monday’s City Council meeting, far from the norm but all in honor of the last public meeting for council members Bill Lusk and Karen Thurman.
The two, who have served on the council since the city’s incorporation in 2006, were given a proclamation read by Mayor Pro Tem Rich Mohrig, honoring their 11 years of service. Both were given a standing ovation by their fellow council members, city staff and those in the audience.
In honor of their last meeting, Lusk and Thurman also received ceremonial keys to the city and plaques commemorating their tenures.
“I want to thank all my friends, supporters and citizens that makes this a great place to be,” Lusk said. “This is my last night here, but I’m not going anywhere. We’re going to make this city even greater than it has been, so stay tuned.”
Thurman spoke of her time on the city’s formation committee, stating she was tasked with finding the feasibility of Milton becoming its own city.
“It was not a task I took lightly as I knew I would have to answer to everyone if we weren’t successful,” Thurman said. “And I believe we have been extremely successful and I thank everyone for that.”
Thurman said she hoped her historical knowledge of the city has proved valuable.
“Going forward, if you ever need the long-term, historical perspective on an issue or simply hear my latest crazy idea, you know where to find me,” she laughed.
Both outgoing council members also thanked city staff for their efforts.
State Rep. Jan Jones, who introduced a House bill to create the city in 2006, was in attendance and thanked Lusk and Thurman for their “tireless” efforts in forming and representing the city.
Bob Ellis, Fulton County Commission vice chair, also spoke on the council members’ dedication during tenures.